Chinese leaders didn't want the Dalai Lama to express his views in South Africa
Due to Chinese influence, twice the ruling African National Congress did some hot mess with the Dalai Lama's visa application to visit the country. From The Times (South Africa): "An invitation to visit South Africa will be sent to the Dalai Lama soon, [center-right] IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said on Thursday. Speaking via telephone from Ulundi, in KwaZulu-Natal, Buthelezi told reporters in Parliament that he saw Thursday's Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling as a vindication.
It confirmed the view that the South African government had broken the laws of the country in delaying a decision on a visa application by the Dalai Lama. 'All this begs the question as to why the government, in twice preventing the entry of the Dalai Lama to South Africa, would do something so opposite to the will of the people of this country, the values of our Constitution, and all that which is good, noble, and decent in public affairs,' he said..."